Green Goodness 


Hello everyone, happy Monday! 

I’ve been trying new, different things since I have started my journey to a healthier me. This green juice, which I like to call Green Goodness is so delicious and easy to make. 

No, I have not gone on a full blown green juice diet but I have been replacing my breakfast with this juice. The benefits of juice give me a great start to my morning and it tastes great. 

Yes! It actually tastes great. Here is the recipe that I used this morning…  

  1. Handful of spring mix greens
  2. Handful of strawberries 
  3. (1) Banana 
  4. (1) Cup of Water 

From my recipe you can can see that I just basically eyeball the ingredients, haha. But you can measure them out if you want. I just go with the flow when making these delicious green juices because they taste great every time I make them and that’s all that really matters, right?  

You can mix and match any kind of fruits and veggies with these juices to your liking. 

If you want, you can head over to Pinterest where you will find many more green recipes to try. 

I like to put my juices in mason jars after I make them and pop them in the fridge until nice and chill. Here’s what it looks like 


Make sure to comment below and let me know if you have ever tried one of these green juices and what are your thoughts on them. 

Until next time… stay positive 

-Toya 

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Trying New Things! 


Hello everyone and happy Wednesday 😊 

I hope you all are making your way through this week with a positive mindset and are taking the necessary steps to reach the goals you have set for your self. 

This week I have done just that. I want to push myself to try something new each week. You know like get out of my comfort zone and do something or go somewhere that I wouldn’t regularly go. I’m getting older not younger and when I look back on my life I want to say that it was filled with adventure. I want to try it all even it I don’t like it, at least I can say that I tried, right? 


I am the kind of person that loves to put everyone before myself. I guess that just comes with being a wife and a mother. But believe me when I say, I love it, I really don’t mind at all. I just have to start doing things for me. So, this week I am taking a break from wife and mommy mode and I am going to have a girls day with a few friends. I am excited about spending time with my friends and I know that I will have to stop myself from checking in with my family while I’m out but it’s going to be fun. 

Also, I want to try a new hair color. Something that I wouldn’t imagine on myself. I change the style of my hair often, but never the color. I’m looking forward to that as well. 

I think that we all need to try different things from time to time. I believe that it gives our lives a little spice 🙂. Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you guys think about stepping out of your comfort zone.  

Until next time…stay positive 

-Toya 

My Son Turns One


Hello everyone! Happy Sunday 🙂 

I’m taking a break from my Short Story Sunday series so that I can share with you all how we celebrated my sons first birthday. 

As you all may or may not know I struggled with trying to figure out what to do for my son’s first birthday. I am a new Mom and my husband and I found it kinda difficult to come up with something that was appropriate for him and still allowed him to have fun. 

At the very last minute, literally the day before his birthday, we decided to have a small gathering with a few friends and family. That way he can still be comfortable and have a good time. 

So I immediately went into overdrive mode. I had less than 24 hours to make my son’s birthday amazing, even though he may not remember one second from this day. We decided to do an Elmo themed party since that is his favorite character at the time and I had already ordered him a birthday shirt months prior with the bright red character on the front of it. 

Yesterday at his party, my son spent most of the day crying. He cried when people tried to hold him, he even cried when we sang happy birthday to him. By the end of the party he warmed up to everything that was going on and started to enjoy himself. But at the same time I wouldn’t change nothing about that day. 

My son, who I had prayed years and years for was  healthy and celebrating a year of life. I was so happy that I cried tears of joy. Overall his birthday was a success and it taught me a valuable lesson: never wait until the last minute to get things done. Lol. 


Until next time…stay positive 

-Toya 

That Healthy Lifestyle 

Hello Everyone and Happy Tuesday 🙂

It is almost a year since I had my son and I have been trying to get healthy for about six months now. I have changed my diet and I try to go to the gym at least 3-4 times a weeek. Yes, I said try (haha).  Sometimes when I wake up I would much rather stay home and play with my son then go to the gym to sweat. (I know 🙄) 

So far, I have lost some weight but I am still not where I want to be. Which brings me to my question. Why is getting healthy so hard? Or maybe, it is not hard at all and it is just me. 

I am fine with eating healthy and I don’t mind working out, really I don’t. For me it’s more about staying consistent. I can do good for a week or so and then I just slip back into my old habits. 

I guess I really need to change my outlook and mindset on the whole “getting healthy” thing. Then maybe, I will be able to commit to this journey for more than two weeks. 

Now as I write this, I realize that I really want this for myself and that I need to make the necessary changes in order to see the results that I want to see. I believe doing something, like getting healthy, is a mind thing and if I put my mind to it I can achieve because healthier is better. So with that being said I’m committing to this healthy lifestyle and I’m definitely going to keep you guys posted on my progress. 

Until next time…stay positive 

-Toya 

Short Story Sunday: The Channing Hall Boys: Part 2 

Sammie 

“I really don’t want you to go,” my girlfriend Rachel said to me. I really didn’t know what to tell her. I mean we have been talking about this since I received my acceptance letter. And to be real, I really didn’t understand why she was acting like this since she was the one who encouraged me the most to keep up my grade so that I could get into the college I wanted to go. I guess she thought that I was going to go to a college in New York. I looked at her and shook my head. She really didn’t understand. 

I looked back at the crowd as my best friend’s mother finished giving her speech. I was so happy and excited that all of my best friends had graduated high school and were now headed to the same college. We had found out a week earlier that we would all be staying in the same dorm, Channing Hall together. I thought that was great because we had made a vow that we would help each other and do what it took to graduate college and make something of ourselves. 

“Y’all good over here,” Dove said as him and Justin came over to where me and Rachel were standing. I have them the “I’ll tell you later look” but said out loud, “yea, we’re straight, but what’s going on with y’all.” 

Dove looked at us with a grin and said, “I’m going to catch up with y’all later. Tasha invited me back to her house.” We all laughed at him. “Don’t do nothing I wouldn’t do,” Justin said as Dove walked over to Tasha and she led him to towards her house. 

It was a great day. The neighborhood was out along with our friends and family to celebrate us leaving for college soon. Growing up in the projects like we did, you didn’t see that often so everybody and they Momma was proud of us. 

I glanced back at Rachel and seen that she still looked mad and turned to Justin and said, “I’m going to walk her home, I’ll hit you up later.”

As we walked to house in silence, I began to think. I just had the feeling that this just wasn’t going to work. I was going away to college and she was acting like it was the end of the world. For the last couple of weeks instead of  enjoying our summer together like we planned, she was always acting mad. It’s like she didn’t want me to better myself. 

She just didn’t understand that I was doing this for us, to make sure that we would be good for the rest of our lives. She was turning into somebody that I didn’t want to be around and I didn’t know if I wanted this relationship anymore. 

I couldn’t even enjoy the party that was suppose to be celebrating me and my friends because we were arguing. I really didn’t have time for her negative attitude anymore. 

When we reached her front door, I stopped her before we could go in. I turned to her and said, “Look, we gotta talk”. She replied, ” Yea, I really got to talk to you too.” 

I stayed quiet as I waited for Racher to start. I figured if I let her tell me that this relationship was over first I wouldn’t feel too bad for breaking up with her. 

She took a deep breath and then looked at me in my eyes and said, ” Um..I know I’ve been acting crazy lately Sammie. It’s because I’m scared…um…Sammie I’m…I’m pregnant.” 

First Week As A Blogger…

Hello everyone and Happy Friday! 

This time last week I was still thinking about starting my blog. I really wanted to start one because I love to write and have been doing so since I was a little girl. I just didn’t know if I was ready to put my work out there for any and everyone to see. 

My husband encouraged me that morning as I fed our son saying, ” You can do it bae, you love to write, so why not?”  I looked at him and said, “Okay, I am going to start it today.” 

Well that was a week ago, a whole week!! (Yes, I am smiling while writing this 😁).  I’m super happy that I have decided to start my blog and share my writings with you all. Since I have started this journey and have become apart of this community, I have met some pretty dope people and have read some amazing work. 

I’m proud of myself for just going for it even though I was a little unsure at first. This just goes to show you that you can do anything you want to do and to not let your own self get in the way of you being great. 

Thanks to all of my supporters that are supporting me on this journey, I appreciate each and every one of you. Until next time…

-Toya 

The Liebster Award

*Smiling from ear to ear*

I am super duper excited to announce that betweenthelines2017blog has nominated me for The Liebster Award. This came as such an surprise to me because I just started my blog a week ago. So this is kind of like validation to me that I am doing the right thing. Thank you so much Claudia for the nomination, it is greatly appreciated 🙂

I would love for all of you to check out Claudia’s blog betweenthelines2017blog. I promise that you won’t be disappointed. She is a awesome writer and her blog speaks for itself. I can feel each and every word that she writes. Here is the link to her blog:

https://betweenthelines2017blog.wordpress.com/

The rules for the Liebster Award:

  1. Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award
  2. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  3. Nominate 11 blogs
  4. Notify them of the nomination
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer

Here is 11 random facts about me:

  1. I love the color red
  2. I eat chips after every meal
  3. I love vegetables
  4. I do not like parks
  5. I am not afraid of spiders
  6. I am afraid of dogs
  7. I love love
  8. I do not like socks
  9. I play the flute and a little piano
  10. I was in a marching band
  11. I graduated with honors from college.

Questions that Claudia, at the betweenthelines2017blog wanted me to answer: 

  1. What was the most vivid dream you remember?
  2. A symbol for love would be…
  3. If you could go back in time, what would you change in your life?
  4. As a child, your favorite hero was…
  5. What comforts you the most when you are sad?
  6. Your favorite poem is…
  7. If you could ask God (or any higher power) one question, this would be…
  8. What disappoints you the most in people?
  9. Your biggest wish is…
  10. Do you have a lucky charm?
  11. If you would write a book about yourself, the title would be…

My answers:

  1. My most vivid dream I remember is when I dreamed I was pregnant with my son before I knew I was pregnant.
  2. A symbol of love would be respect
  3. I wouldn’t change a thing, if I could go back in time
  4. As a child, my favorite hero was my Mom
  5. When I am sad talking to my husband comforts me most
  6. My favorite poem is Love After Love by Derek Walcott
  7. I would ask God to continue to watch over myself and my loved ones
  8. Not doing what you say you’re going to do, disappoints me the most in people
  9. My biggest wish is to become a bestselling author
  10. No lucky charm
  11. The title of the book about myself would be, “Life With LaToya”

My nominees for the Liebster Award are:

  1. https://gracebey.wordpress.com/
  2. https://stellascreativity.wordpress.com/
  3. https://tashneevmavee.wordpress.com/
  4. https://athomaspointofview.com/
  5. https://ashleygulley.com/
  6. https://thatafricangurl.wordpress.com/
  7. https://kwoted.wordpress.com/
  8. https://pritu555.wordpress.com/
  9. https://idlejabber.wordpress.com/
  10. https://learningtobefearless.org/
  11. http://folkloreandliteracy.com/

My question for you, awesome bloggers, are:

  1. What is your favorite color?
  2. If you could change anything in the world, it would be…
  3. Do you believe in love?
  4. What do you love most about blogging?
  5. What is your favorite childhood memory?
  6. Besides writing, what is something you like to do for fun?
  7. What is you favorite book?
  8. Who is your favorite author?
  9. If you could tell you younger self anything, it would be….
  10. Do you prefer summer or winter?
  11. A quote that you live by is…

 

Thanks everyone for your support and to all of the nominees, if you do not want to participate I understand. You guys are still great to me.